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Yesterday (March 13) was the first day of the the exhibition of early guitars “Towards a Guitar Museum” in Granada. The setting is the absolutely sumptuous palace in Carmen de los Mártires close to the Alhambra. It will run until April 14 of this year. It is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 2pm. This show comes out of a desire to establish a permanent museum of the guitar in Granada (or anywhere else in Spain for that matter). Some very interesting guitars showing some of the hallmarks of the 19th century makers like the multi-piece backs, pear shaped body or the scroll.

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Found that and your site fascinating. Thanks man


nigel (el raton de Watford - now Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz)
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Thanks for posting this John.

Whenever people ask me about buying guitars in Granada I tell them to read your website as part of some preliminary research.

After years of playing a 1968 Ramirez and envying a couple of people I played with who had guitars made by Antonio Marin and Manuel de la Chica, I made my first of many trips to Granada in 1990 – the year after you arrived I gather.

I found that Antonio Marin’s guitars were only available to order - I shouldn’t have been surprised. There were plenty of guitars available in Granada but most of them didn’t suit me. I eventually found one guitar by Antonio Ariza that I really liked. On subsequent visits I was better prepared and getting to know who worked alone and who had helpers with a higher rate of production. Finding guitars just back from the varnisher was an occasional lucky break giving me first choice. I remember a fabulous guitar by Rafael Moreno that I couldn’t buy because I had just bought the guitar of my dreams from Manuel Bellido. Over the years I have had four Granada guitars

It was always good to talk to Antonio Durán who seemed to know what was going on and of course had knowledge about the Ferrer workshop and all the Granada makers who passed through it. There were of course many of these who had started out in cabinet making, found that it was a disappearing profession and brought their skills to luthery instead. They were the same age as me and not all of them still alive.

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